Interview with director Lisa Svelmoe (DREAMS OR DEMONS)

DREAMS OR DEMONS, directed by Lisa Svelmoe played to rave reviews at the Under 5 minute Film Festival in July 2016.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Lisa Svelmoe: I was asked to make a film about a relevant media subject and I chose body image.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

LS: 2-3 months

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

LS: Eerie. Symbolic.

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

LS: Finding the main actress.

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

LS: So nice to hear all those great comments. I am convinced once again that you should never underestimate your audience, they are so smart.

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

LS: I researched a lot and thought a lot and then the story started with the idea of the gym and went from that.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

LS: Lord of the Rings and Pulp fiction 🙂

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

LS: I just finished a script for a short film that I want to shoot next spring, and now I am writing on a very short thing that hopefully will be done this year.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of DREAMS OR DEMONS



Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival


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